Monthly Archives: April 2020

Committee backs NABU chief’s potential dismissal, jeopardizes IMF cooperation

National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine head Artem Sytnyk speaks with the Kyiv Post on Feb. 18, 2020.Photo by Kostyantyn ChernichkinPopularon social media The Verkhovna Rada’s law enforcement committee on April 28 supported a bill that will allow the dismissal of Artem Sytnyk, the head of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). The bill may be considered by the Rada on

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‘We just want to remember our fallen colleagues’ Russian doctors launch website to list health workers who have died during the coronavirus pandemic

https://meduza.io/impro/PYVk1qT6ZghkkKV6DrDxtwhYXi3RIURVotyyr1KRP54/fill/650/0/ce/1/aHR0cHM6Ly9tZWR1/emEuaW8vaW1hZ2Uv/YXR0YWNobWVudHMv/aW1hZ2VzLzAwNS80/NjIvNjEwL29yaWdp/bmFsL1hpWEI2THN6/ZDVUNHFXZjd0Mk42/VUEuanBn.webp An advocacy group of Russian doctors has launched a website with a crowdsourced “in memoriam” list of the health workers who have died in Russia during the coronavirus epidemic. The list already includes more than 70 names — far more than Russian officials have acknowledged. Meduza special correspondent Pavel Merzlikin spoke to Moscow cardiologist Alexey Erlikh, one of the advocacy group’s creators, to

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Coronavirus crisis spells doom for Putin’s dreams of rebuilding the Soviet empire

UkraineAlert by Solomiia Bobrovska The tide of history ebbs and flows, with decades of relative stability interspersed by periods of rapid and dramatic change. We may now be entering one such period, with the disruptive role of the coronavirus crisis creating new realities across the planet. This is particularly true of the former Soviet world, where the crash in energy

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Ukrainian dream team lends NATO a helping wing

Article by: Yuriy Onyshchenko France, Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the United States – these are by far not all the countries where Ukrainian Antonov aircraft, including the gigantic “Mriya” (“Dream”) have delivered medical masks, protective suits and equipment to fight the pandemic. On April 14, ahead of a video conference by NATO Defense Ministers, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg commented

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Submission on appointment of Saakashvili as deputy prime minister recalled from Verkhovna Rada – Butusov

The Cabinet of Ministers has withdrawn a submission on the appointment of Mikheil Saakashvili as Vice Prime Minister for reform from the Verkhovna Rada. This was reported on Facebook by chief editor of Censor.NET Yuriy Butusov. “The appointment of Mikheil Saakashvili in the Servant of the People faction was blocked. The high-profile story of the appointment of Saakashvili ended in

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Russian FSB detains Ukrainian border guard near Crimea

The officials of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) documented the fact of illegal detention of a sergeant of the Ukrainian State Border Service by representatives of the FSB of the Russian Federation on the administrative border with the annexed Crimea, reported the press service of the SBU. According to law enforcement officials, representatives of the Russian special services, using violence and

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Senior Russian FSB Officer Named as Key MH17 Figure: Bellingcat

Federal Security Service (FSB) Col. Gen. Andrei Burlaka is believed to be the highest-ranking Russian official linked to the investigation into the downing of Flight MH17, according to a joint investigation by the investigative outlet Bellingcat and Russia’s The Insider news website published Tuesday. Dutch-led investigators have so far named four pro-Russian separatists as suspects in criminal proceedings into the deaths of 298 people

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Second Russian Doctor Falls From Hospital Window Amid Coronavirus

A second Russian doctor has fallen from a hospital building in a week as the country’s health system continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, with authorities ruling her death a tragic accident. Natalia Lebedeva, the chief EMS officer at a cosmonaut training center outside Moscow, plunged to her death Friday from the window of a hospital room where she

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OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has found the new evidence of the Russian military presence in Ukraine

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has discovered new evidence of the Russian military presence in Ukraine. According to the Monitoring Mission, on 10 March, an SMM mini-UAV spotted three brand new Russian electronic warfare systems RB-636 Svet-KU, RB-341V Leer-3 and R-934B Sinitsa at a compound in the southern outskirts of Luhansk city, 13 km from the contact line

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Is Saakashvili the right choice for Ukraine?

Ukrainian MPs are expected to gather in the coming days to vote on the appointment of former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili as the country’s new Deputy Prime Minister for Reforms. President Zelenskyy’s surprise move to recruit the headline-grabbing Georgian caught everyone off guard. It is a huge gamble that has already succeeded in temporarily overshadowing the coronavirus crisis and the

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Prague Mayor Confirms He Is Under Police Protection Following Russian Poisoning Plot Report

The mayor of Prague has said he is under heightened police protection the day after Czech media reported on an alleged Russian plot to poison him. Zdenek Hrib confirmed the news in a Monday interview with the independent Ekho Moskvy radio station. On Sunday, the Czech news website Respekt, citing anonymous intelligence sources, reported that an individual carrying Russian diplomatic documents and

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